Ric Scovil → The Hardwood Flooring Expert
My name is Ric Scovil and I am the second generation owner of Ability Wood Flooring, which has been a family owned and operated company for more than 60 years. I have 20 plus years of experience and take great pride in the craftsmanship and excellent quality that I provide to the industry and my customers. I am a native Floridian and have been married for over 25 years with four sons.
As long as I have been in this business, it has been a goal of mine to educate people on hardwood flooring. When speaking with homeowners, I giving more than just a price on their floor, but listening and answering questions. They have a lot of great questions that need to be answered correctly, and I find that many homeowners are given misguided information. So, I have created a list of questions that I am asked quite frequently. Please read them and do not hesitate to ask your own. Look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the best way to clean my hardwood floors?
A. After every project is completed, we send you a guide on how to properly maintain your floor coverings and it includes some helpful tips and some do’s and do not’s. First, I recommend using a broom to sweep up debris. Then use a DAMP terrycloth mop with the proper cleaner to add an extra cleaning feeling (call today to purchase the terrycloth mop and cleaner). The reason I recommend using our cleaner is that most “safe” wood floor cleaners have extra chemicals mixed in that can ruin the finish of the floor.
Q. How do we (the customer) know that the wood flooring company giving me an estimate is a reputable company?
A. It is important to do your research not only for the type of floor you want to put in your home, but also for the company you will use. Hardwood floors are meant to last a life time and something that you will see and use every day. In this sense, cheaper does not always mean better. Throughout my 20 plus years, I have had numerous times where I have had to fix floors because of other flooring companies doing a bad and unethical job. Always check/ask for references, testimonials and past SATISFIED customers as we always provide during our estimates.
Q. Which is a better floor, Solid hardwood floors or Engineered hardwood floors over a concrete slab?
A. Engineered hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood floors are dimensionally more stable than solid hardwood floors, which means that it does NOT expand and contract at a rate at which solid does. Solid floors tend to do this as the climate changes at a much faster rate.
Q. Can I use a steamer to clean my hardwood floors?
A. NO! The steamer is shooting water vapor down into the floors where the water can get trapped between boards or anywhere there is a void in the finish. I have witnessed numerous floors ruined from steam cleaning the floor.
Q. What is “the grade of wood?”
A. Grading is a system created by The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA) to describe the appearance of hardwood floors. The grades take into account things like color, grain and markings. The best grades of wood are clear and select. These woods have fewer markings and are more consistent in appearance than the common grades, which may have a variety of markings.
Have a question that you did not see? Please contact me and I will be happy to accommodate you.